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Story of three young boys whose prank results in serious property damage.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Centron Corporation
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Social guidance
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Other People's Property
Another earlier Centron "discussion" film. Handled well.
These old Centron films are great for sitting around with your friends and getting a good riff on.
Junquedog - If you could get ahold of me, that would be awesome. I'd really like to see if I could take to some of the actors from these films. Email is phil dot nelson at gmail dot com.
Subject: Perfect Diction
Frank (the one on the right) is my brother, Jon Traylor who is now living in Washington State. I've never known him to speak so properly with such perfect diction. I did hear him say "worsh room" for wash room, though. He has since corrected that. We grew up in Lawrence and lived only a few blocks away from Centron. Russ Mosser lived at the other end of the block from us and was a good friend of my Dad, Joe Traylor who owned Traylor & Calvin Insurance (next to the Granada Theater). Dad also had a bit part in "Carnival of Souls" and helped Herk Harvey raise funds for the movie. Brother Jon also played parts in several other Centron public service films. What an actor!
Subject: Good job
Excellent 1951 instructional film about property damage. Probably made a lot of that generation who saw the film think. Well acted,directed,and filmed.
Subject: Stink bombing is not good,
Somewhat blah treatment of how 3 boys get into trouble by placing a stink bomb in a teacher's wastebasket. Rather on heavily focusing on why they did it, the film takes a curious approach and looks at the repurcussions of that stink bomb.. The drama practice is cancelled! Several people choke on the fumes! School damage! While ok, a very similar film 'Moment Of Decision' treats the subject of 'you rotten kids' a lot better.
Subject: Menace 2 Honor Society
Hardcore Frank leads a criminal gang on a payback mission. But when they find out that their stinkbomb not only required a repainting of the classroom, but also disturbed the drama club's dress rehearsal, they realize they've gone too far.
"Jimmy" would apparently not learn his lesson. He went on to be "Johnny" in the short on Cheating, also by Young American.
Subject: Like another world
As these "guidence" films go, this one was pretty low effort. Not much cast and lacking the charm of others I have seen. But there is no way to deny that these films are great fun to watch. I try and imagine a time and place where setting off a homemade stink bomb was the worst thing teens could conjure up. It may as well be another planet for how radically different it is. Enjoy.